Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond
And, it's Wednesday and that means that our sweet Joyce has given us 6 more questions to answer.  Thanks Joyce, it's so good to have the HP back!

1. What's something you could do today to feel more peaceful?
To never forget that God is still on His throne and He knows right where we are, what we are facing and will give us just what we need to make it thru each day.
I can also look out our back windows and see our beautiful pond that exudes peace and tranquility.

2. June 2nd is National Rotisserie Chicken day. Who knew? Are you a fan of rotisserie chicken? You've purchased one at your local market for tonite's dinner. Will you serve as is or make something else using the chicken?
Funny you would ask.  We've been a BIG fan of rotisserie chicken during this Covid isolation.  One reason is that it is easy to go get one and then just fix the sides to go with it.  Hubby really likes them and if he likes them, then I am good. I am sure that I have bought at least 6 of them during the past 2 months. So, guess I'd be a fan!

3. I read a list recently (go here to read more) of 20 of the most beautiful places in America. How many of these have you seen up close and in person? Of the sites on this list that you haven't seen, which would you most like to see?

Antelope Canyon Arizona, Kenai Fjords Alaska, White Mountains New Hampshire, Crater Lake Oregon, The Palouse Washington and Idaho, Grand Prismatic Spring Wyoming, Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge Oregon, Horsehoe Bend Arizona, Na Pali Coast Kauai Hawaii, Antelope Valley California, Lake Tahoe California, The Berkshires Massachussets, Maroon Bells Colorado, Angel Oak South Carolina, Acadia National Park Maine, Grand Teton National Park Wyoming, Turnip Rock Michigan, Central Park New York City, Niagara Falls New York, and Skagit Valley Tulip Fields Washington
I have been to The Berkshires and Central Park in NYC.  I'd be happy visiting any of the other places but Acadia National Park probably peaks my interest most.

4. What's one pretty spot you'd add to the list in question #3? Are there travel plans of any kind on your calendar right now? Does that make you happy, anxious, excited, sad, or relieved?
We will go to Atlanta in the near future to see Hubby's two sisters and that makes me happy.  We will stay with them, so no hotel room and we always have a fun time, even if all we do is sit around and visit.  We have no big travel plans at the present.

5. Tell us one un-COVID related thing you're looking forward to in the month of June.
Our daughter and grandsons will be coming to visit for a few days.  I always have concerns when she makes that 8+ hour drive by herself with the boys but she handles it like a trooper.  This will be her first time to have 3 in tow and thankfully, Case is a good traveler and Clancy is a very good helper for his Momma.  And, above all else, this Momma will be praying God's hedge of protection over them as they travel.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

For almost 2 years we have been eating Sunday lunch  with 2 other couples that go to church with us.  We go to the country club that has a lovely buffet, but that has not been taking place since the pandemic.  So, once we entered Phase 1 we decided that we would rotate going to each other's homes for lunch and we'd all contribute something to the meal.  This past Sunday was our turn to host  and I tried my hand with a floral table scape (Sunflowers with greenery from our Gardenia bushes) and was quite proud of the way it turned out.  I am anything but an arranger of flowers. We have all enjoyed this time together in our homes and while things are still far from normal, it gives us something to look forward to in our week.

Peace to all!!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Prime Purchases

It's hard to believe that June is here.  I feel that we pretty much lost the past 2 months of 2020 and we'll never get them back.  But, I won't elaborate on that but rather share with you some of my Prime Purchases for May. 

PVC Place Mats

Yes, these are the prettiest placemats made from PVC.  That may sound "yuck" to you but, let me assure you, they are very nice and come in an array of colors.  If this link doesn't have the color you desire, just search Amazon for more PVC placemats and I'm fairly sure you will find the color you want.  They are a casual mat but that's what I use 95% of the time and I have about 5 sets of these in various colors.


Glass Gazing Ball

I LOVE  gazing balls and just ordered this one with the stand below to go in our rose garden.  I don't have a link for this because it has sold out.  But, you can search through all the gazing balls on Amazon and are sure to find one that you would enjoy.  I think they are such a lovely addition to flowerbeds and when the sun hits them, they are so beautiful.

Wrought Iron Gazing Ball Stand

And, this stand is no longer available either.  Not sure what's with this but, again, there are so many gazing ball stands available on Amazon.  Depending on where you will be putting it will dictate the height that you get.  Often the 12" high stands work perfectly.    This particular one is about 36" high but it was going in a bed with taller plants and it needed to be taller to be seen.  We have a lot of wind where we live and no trees so Hubby put anchor pins on this stand so that it will be able to withstand the wind.

Tervis Insulated Tumblers

I have been using Tervis tumblers for years and years.  I just recently replaced my set.  I  probably had the last set for 12+ years and they were a big dingy and scratched.  They are an absolutely great everyday tumbler and you can get tight lids for them with a straw hole.  That is a great feature for kids or for taking them in the car.  And, you can get them in a few colors as well.



If you ever use a candy thermometer, then this is the Grand daddy of them all.  The one I replaced with a small glass one that clipped on the side of the pan.  This one also clips on side of pan but is the largest I've ever seen.  I basically only use it when I make peanut brittle but it is sure necessary for that. 


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Until our salons opened back up a couple of weeks ago, visors were my best friend.  And, these are the cutest!  I mean, if you're going to wear a visor, it might as well be cute and sassy. ~grin~  And, 


I love colored envelopes!  I never like it when I buy a card, of any kind, and it comes with a plain  white envelope.  And, thankfully, many cards come with colored envelopes now.  If I have to mail anything that goes in a business size envelope then I always use one of these.  I keep a stock of them.  I think it's way more fun to get something in a colored envelope!  I recently had to mail something out to members of a club I'm in and I had run out of colored envelopes and had to mail them in white ones.  I was not happy that I had not kept a more watchful eye on my supply.  Sometimes it's the little things folks!



If you have kids or grans that have outgrown the spillproof cups but you still need something that is almost spillproff, then these are for you.  We have a 4 and 5 year old that no longer want to use what they call "baby cups" but these are okay.  They are a good size and the top fits very tight.  They come with a matching plastic straw or you can use disposable straws.  There's several choices and they come 3 to a pack.



I prefer that my pots on our back porch be off of the concrete and these are attractive pot stands and are 3 different heights.



I had never heard of these yard shoes until I saw them in Tuesday Morning one day.  Of course, I figured Amazon would have them too and they did.  And, they come in soooo many patterns.  They are great for working outside as they can be hosed off, and left to dry until next time.  They run narrow which was great for me but if you have a wider foot, that might be an issue.  They are so well made and most comfortable.

And, there you have it for another month.  Enjoy your Tuesday!!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hodgepodge Questions-Volume 37

1. The US of A celebrated Memorial Day this past Monday. Does your family have any military ties? If so, tell us about them.

Hubby's Dad was in the Army as Combat Engineer and served during WWII.

My Dad was in the Navy as a Pattern Maker, and served in the Korean War.

2. Cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, potato chips, mac and cheese, macaroni salad...your favorite BBQ side? How many of these do you make from scratch vs. buying from the deli?
I make a good cole slaw, great baked beans and decent mac and cheese.  All the others, I will buy, don't think I can make them any better or as good.  The red skinned potato salad at the Wal-Mart deli is the all time best. ~in my opinion~

3.  I enjoyed asking this question back when the Hodgepodge was a regular thing...Lake Superior State University posts a list each year of words they think should be banished from the Queen's English for misuse, overuse, and/or general uselessness. The 2020 list includes-quid pro quo, artisanal, curated, influencer, literally, I mean, living my best life, mouthful (word used by foodies to describe texture of food in their mouth), chirp (basically an insult, you can read more on the website), jelly (short for jealous), totes (short for totally), vibe, and OK Boomer (internet response from millenial to older generation).

Of the words/phrases listed which would you most like to see 'banned'?
Well, most of these I am not the least familiar with but I could go the rest of my life and never hear the words quid pro quo.  They have been worn slam out!!!

4. I'm sure next year's list will be filled with words springing out of this weird season we're all in currently. What word or phrase associated with the Corona would you be happy to hear less often?
Social distancing.  Good grief, I am so weary of it all.  Hubby and I went out to eat last week at one of our favorite places and it was so weird and not even fun because they aren't allowed to  have a handful of people right now.  I definitely believe the Corona is very real but I think it has been wayyyyy over hyped and has a whole bunch of political mess attached to it. ~I'll hush~

5.  The month of May wraps up in just a few days. Bid her adieu in ten words or less.
Best part, finally getting to see our Oklahoma family. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Hubby and I have been discussing having a pergola built since we built this house almost 5 years ago.  Well, last week construction was begun and it is almost finished.  We are most pleased and think when we get it all "decked out" that it is going to be a lovely addition to our patio area.  When it's completely finished  and "decked out" I'll post some pics. 

Have a great rest of the week!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The ABC's of Me

I saw this on another blog a few weeks ago and I so enjoyed it that I thought you might enjoy my answers to these questions as well.

A- Age: 67,until July 29th 
B- Bed size: King - the first purchase we made after we married and financed it for 2 years and we've never looked back.  We've owned several king mattress since then and for us, it's king or nothing!
C- Chore you hate:Well, hate is a strong word, but highly dislike dusting. Goodness, it's a never ending job and seems to accumulate so quickly.
D- Dog’s name:No dogs. Our last dogs were labs and their names were Rosco and Rhett.
E- Essential start your day item: Coffee and devotional time
F- Favorite color: Gray blue
G- Gold or silver: Both??  Well, my mind went immediately to jewelry but I suppose it could be a whole lot of items.  It would depend on where it's located, what I'm wearing  and so forth.  I use a lot of antique gold in my home decor but I wear a lot of sterling silver jewelry.
H- Height: 5'6"
I- Instruments you play: I use to play the piano but it's been such a long time since I've played that I'm not sure if I still can.
J- Job title- Domestic engineer, getting close to retirement ~chuckle~
K- Kid(s)- Son (42), daughter (40)
L- Living arrangements: Home with my husband of almost 49 years
M- Mom’s name: My Mom's name was Geraldine but she was always called Gerry.
N- Nicknames: No nicknames for me that I know of. 
O- Overnight hospital stay(s): Birth of both children and thankfully we didn't do "drive thru births" back in that day.  I stayed 5 nights with both of my babies after a normal delivery.  I can't imagine how these girls today have a baby one day and go home the next. ~insane~ I had a hysterectomy in 1987 and that's the extent of my hospital stays.
P- Pet peeve: Not doing what you say you will do or not showing up when you say you will. ~don't even get me started~
Q- Quote from a movie: Scarlett O'Hara, "After all, tommorrow is another day."
From Gone With The Wind. 
R- Right or left handed: Right
S- Siblings: 2 brothers, 1, 3 years younger and 1,12 years younger.
T- Time you wake up: Usually around 5:30 a.m. I've always gotten up early. I love the early morning.
U- Underwear: Well, my goodness, let's get personal.  Just so you know, I ALWAYS wear it and I'll leave it at that.  ~chuckle~
V- Vegetable you dislike: Well, can't think of any but surely there is one or two that I don't care for.  I could live off of veggies!
W- Ways you run late: Anything out of my control, car trouble, traffic jam, or accident to name a few.  I pride myself on being on time but life can always throw things outside of your control.
X- X-Rays you’ve had: shoulder and back
Y- Yummy food you make: Almond Pound Cake - my family absolutely loves this cake and pretty much expects one to be sitting on the cabinet often.
Z- Zoo favorite: hummm.......not sure I have a favorite.

And, now you know even more than you did about me.~smile~  I hope that each of you are enjoying coming out somewhat from isolation and gradually working your way to a new "normal."  I am happy to report that I was able to get my nails and feet done AND my hair.  I feel like a new woman for sure.  Now, if the senior living facilities within our state will allow us to go inside the facilities sooner than later, I'll really be happy.  

Abundant blessings!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Wednesday Hogepodge

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Good to be back with the Hodgepodgers this week.  We were on our way home from seeing our Oklahoma family last Wednesday. But, I'm back with it today.

1. Ever played the game Farkle? Are you a risk taker? In games only or also in life? 

I have played Farkle and think it's a fun game.  I don't mind taking a risk in a game, I mean, it's just a  game.  In life, not so much.  I mean, it's my life. ~smile~

2. What's your favorite thing about your yard or whatever outdoor space you may have?

This picture (taken yesterday afternoon) is of a large portion of our backyard and I love everything about it.  My husband LOVES a beautiful yard and sees to it that ours is kept in pristine condition with beautiful presentation.  The landscape along with the pond makes for such a relaxing haven. I enjoy looking out our windows all across the back of our house to see this beautiful view.  

3. Tell us about the most interesting building you've seen or been in.

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Oh, my!  I've seen many interesting buildings in my lifetime but St. Anne's Cathedral in Quebec City would be one of the most beautiful and interesting.  The architecture inside and out is unbelievable!

4. In this current season of social distancing, what's something you've come to realize you take for granted in more ordinary times? Do you think you'll make a conscious effort to appreciate whatever that 'it' is once normal life resumes?

I definitely took for granted going anywhere I wanted to go when I wanted to go without any restrictions.  Indeed, I will never view going and doing the same once I get my freedom back. ~It cannot happen soon enough~

5. Share a favorite song with a springtime flower in the lyrics somewhere.

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I Never Promised You A Rose Garden by Lynn Anderson.  I have not thought about that song in a long, long time, but, it was definitely a favorite of mine "back in the day."

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Happy Stick Girl Clip Art Free Stock Photo - Public Domain Pictures

I felt like this gal looks yesterday.  I met up with friends for a little shopping and lunch.  YES!  Tuesday Morning is open and a couple of small gift and home decor shops.  Can I just tell you that I was beside myself with excitement.  We don't even enter Phase 1 of reopening our state until this Friday, so not sure how these places were able to open.  But, hey, I didn't ask any questions, I just went.  Yes, this Friday, our fair state enters Phase 1 of reopening, we are lagging a bit behind but "it is what it is" and I have to accept it.  But, I DO have a hair appointment next Tuesday, the 19th. ~not a day too soon, I assure you~  Now, to schedule a pedicure and I'll be doing much better.  Our senior facilities will be a part of Phase 3, so that means mid to late June at least.  I am getting to visit with my Daddy on the front porch of his assisted living facility,  but I want to be able to go to his room.  Thankfully he has handled all of these very well.

Abundant blessings!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Prime Purchases

Well, I was a bit distracted this morning and completely forgot to post my Prime Purchases.  But, better late than never.  Here’s coming to you from Oklahoma.......

It's Prime Tuesday, a post I so enjoy putting together and I enjoy it even more when you find something that you like and want as well. Happy reading!

The Miss Julia Series 

Recently a friend recommended the "Miss Julia" series to me.  I started this one a few days ago and it drew me in within the first chapter.  I think there are 20+ books in the series so if I stick with them, they will fill my reading time for quite a while.  They are easy, entertaining reading and likely not everyone's "cup of tea" but I'm thoroughly enjoying the first one. 

27 x 27 inch Scarf

Surely all of you, if you have watched any of the briefings concerning the virus, have noticed Dr. Birxs' beautiful scarves.  She!!!  Someone said they are her power accessory and signature statement.  Well, all I can say is, she wears them well.  And, seeing hers has rekindled my love of the SQUARE scarf.  I have quite a few scarves but they are all rectangular.  I started browsing through Amazon and there are sooooo many to choose from.  I saw the one above that is 27"X 27" and a beautiful shade of blue and ONLY $10.99 and there are a zillion choices of colors and prints in a silk like fabric.  Very pretty!


Garden Flag

My spring and summer inside seasonal decor is lemons.  I love the look and found this lemon garden flag and it is perfect and such a great quality.  I put garden flags in one of our back flower beds and we can see it from the big windows across our back. Makes me smile!

Capri Joggers

My daughter told me about these.  I'm not sure I had even heard of capri joggers but, I am now a BIG fan.  They are so cute and come in 5 colors.  I do not care for the white tie at all and thankfully it is mainly for decoration, so I pulled it out of all of mine.  But, that's everyone's own choice. The fit is great, they are most comfortable and look really cute! 


Scout Uptown Tote 

Exclusive Uptown Girl Tote in Walk the Line

Doesn't every woman need "one more" tote.  I mean, really!  I got this one for my crochet stuff.  I have not crocheted in 12 years until this recent isolation and I have picked it back up.  I had started an afghan 12 years ago and FINALLY finished it and have now started on another one.  This cute bag sits by my recliner and holds all my yarn, needles and sissors.  It is made of a very heavy plastic and stands on it's on.  It's perfect for my needs. 

Glass Foaming Soap Dispensers 

I love foaming hand soap best of all hand soaps and was so delighted to find these foaming soap dispensers.  They are glass and come in 3 choices for the pump color.  I got the Burnished Bronze.  They are rather large so no need to refill them all that often.  These come 2 to a pack and they come empty but below you will find a link to foaming hand wash.  They are very attractive and work very well.

Foaming Soap Refill

And, here's the foaming hand wash refill.  It comes in a few fragrances.  I like the Sea Minerals fragrance.  


Bathroom or Dining Disposable Guest Towels

I have disposable guest towels in our guest bathroom.  I'm pretty sure these are more popular than ever right now.  I've been using them for a long time and I often give them as gifts.  I think these are especially attractive.  There are lots to choose from and Amazon also has the holders for them as well.  

And, there you have it, my Prime picks for April.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Wednesday's Superhero Hodgepodge

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It's Wednesday and here's the Hodgepodge...........Thanks so much Joyce!

1. Expect the unexpected on From This Side of the Pond. Here's my x-ray question...when was the last time you felt like Superman? What's your superpower? Explain.  
Well, pretty much ever since this whole pandemic started.  I usually have household help but have not had any since this started.  Even with her help I still do household tasks everyday.  So, without her help, I have done it ALL, every week.  I developed myself a plan as to how I would tackle all of it, worked my plan and I've accomplished it each week.  I've sure felt like Superwoman! ~grin~  My superpower is that I definitely know how to develop and work a plan and I'm highly organized.  So, now you know. ~laugh~ And, never forget, that can be a disadvantage as well. 

2. Are you a fan of the 'superhero' type movies? If so what's your favorite? 
Not at all, really know nothing about any of them.  

3. Have you postponed or cancelled a trip to the dentist in recent weeks, and if so when do you think you'll feel comfortable going back? How about other routine medical procedures? 
I had just seen our dear dentist friend just before this all broke loose, so I'm good in the dental department.  I have had to reschedule my annual dermatology appointment and my annual ophthalmology appointment.  They aren't even rescheduling until our state opens back up and then they will call us and reschedule.  I hope it will be sooner than later.

4. What's something that makes you feel youthful? Something that makes you feel 'not so youthful'? Tell us why. 
My energy.  I feel like I am still pretty energetic for almost 68 years of age.  I have always tried to take care of myself, eat right and do a moderate amount of exercise. And, I feel like it has paid off for me as I've aged.  Now, there are times that I am bending and stooping and I'm not quite as quick to get up and down as I once was and that's when I feel 'not so youthful.' ~no joke~

5. I feel compelled to include some sort of corona related question in the HP these days. What's the strangest thing you've seen in relation to the virus? Something that really struck you as odd, made you stop and think, 'Dorothy we're not in Kansas anymore?'

10 Best Surgical Face Masks to Reduce the Spread of Germs | Man of ...

These are the type of masks that I see on folks regularly.  I happened to have had a whole box of the ones pictured above when this pandemic hit.  And, I wear them when I go to the grocery store with my nitrate gloves.  Well, I've seen quite a few folks  just riding around town in their car with their masks on.  I've seen it several times and I find it so amusing.  The other thing  I see a lot is folks with their mask pulled down under their nose.  I'm like, why are you even wearing it.  Bless 'em!  And, of course, there are now some of the cutest masks and since I figure I will need them later, I've order myself some "cute" ones.  I mean, if I have to wear them, they might as well be cute. ~smile~

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Okay ladies, feel my pain here!  Our governor has extended our isolation until May 15th.  Most of us felt as though we would be "set free" this Friday, May 1st.  Talk about disappointed!  I was just sure that I would be getting this hair of mine coiffed within days.  And, what adds insult to injury is that I was due to have my hair trimmed and colored on March 16th which was 5 weeks since my last visit.  I normally go every 4 weeks but for some reason I couldn't go my regular week.  So, on May 15th, when our salons can open on a limited basis, it will have been 12 weeks since I have seen my stylist.  So, I'm thinking I may resort to one of these cute bandana caps ( pictured above)  in the meantime.  I saw them on Facebook and thought they might be my salvation.  But, on a positive note, I will have lots of options with what type style I want and I am seriously considering not coloring my hair.  I've not seen this much of my roots (auburn with what looks like about 50% gray)  in 25 years and I'm not sure it is all bad.  I will definitely not color it until I can see more of what it would look like a la natural.  I mean if I wake up one day and decide I don't like it then I'll just call my stylist and go get it colored.  I'll keep you posted as I go along but from here until the 15th, it is what it is, like it or not.


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond

So glad that Joyce has these questions for us as I've not been able to come up with any blog fodder in a few days.  So, at least this means I'll have a post on Wednesdays.  Thanks Joyce!

1. What's something you resolved to do this year? Have you done it?
Well, not sure I resolved to do anything this year.  Now, does that make me a slacker?  Oh, I hope not.  I always hope to be a better person, let the little things slide, enjoy the big things and not get the two mixed up.  And, to never forget the good Lord knows exactly where I am, and what I'm going through.  I just simply need to trust HIM.

2. Where do you go to find quietude?
My house provides me with the perfect amount of quiet that I often need.  I'm not a person that has to have noise of any kind. Sometimes it is just awesome to have the peace and calm of quiet.  And, we have such a beautiful backyard with the pond and it's all visible from the windows across the back of our house.  That view enhances the quiet.

3. A friend asked this question on her Facebook page and said I could borrow it for the're only allowed to buy 5 things at the grocery store, and all must start with the first letter of your first name. Whatcha' buying?
1 - Lemonade
2 - Lite Ice Cream (that was sneaky wasn't it)
3 - Lettuce
4 - Lifesavers
5 - Lasagne

4. The television show Survivor, the Gloria Gaynor song 'I Will Survive', survival mode, survival of the fittest...pick one and discuss.
Well, I'm going with the song, 'I Will Survive.'  I have to sing this to myself pretty much everyday at this point.  The first couple of weeks, not so much, but the fun has worn off and I've cleaned and cleaned, organized and organized and cooked and cooked.  And, I am missing my "peeps" something terrible.  I'm such a social being and phone visits, Facetiming and texts are just not the same.  But, I WILL SURVIVE!!!!

5. Share a favorite quote or saying about strength.

14 Of The Most Powerful Quotes On Strength & Courage

I thought this was most appropriate for this time we're in.  I'm quite sure that all of us, no matter how much we have disliked this time, can say that we have learned so much.  And, much of what we have learned has and will make us stronger.  

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Clancy went on his first turkey hunt this past weekend and scored really BIG!  His Dad prepared the meat and his Mom fried some of it for their dinner that same night.  He is still enjoying the memory and can hardly wait to go again.
This is the longest we have ever gone without seeing our daughter and her family and we're chomping at the bits to remedy that.  Our March trip had to be cancelled due to "the virus."  We're hopeful they will get to come here the very first of June. And, it's also the longest I've gone without visiting my Dad in 20 years.  He has handled the isolation really well and I'm so thankful.  But, I personally think with certain restrictions that they should be able to have at least immediate family visits.  But, no one asked me but they should have. ~chuckle~

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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It's Wednesday, need I say more........

Hodgepodge Questions-Volume 364

1. In Monday’s post I mentioned I would incorporate the word I was given for letter K into this week’s questions. That word was karaoke. On a scale of 1-10 how excited would you be to find out there was karaoke happening at your next gathering/outing with friends? 10=gimme that microphone!, and 1=I suddenly remembered there’s somewhere else I need to be. Have you ever actually done karaoke? If you had to perform karaoke what would be your ‘go-to’song?
I might not be first in line but I sure don't mind picking up the mic and taking my turn at karaoke.  We actually own a karaoke machine and have had a lot of fun with it.  The Grans love it.  Give me any song by Karen Carpenter, Joan Baez, or Anne Murry and I'll take it and run with it.  I sort of have a contralto voice much like the 3 of these artist. 

2. How do you listen to music these days? Favorite app or do you listen the old fashioned way? Do you have music playing often in your home? Is there still a CD player in your car?
I go back and forth between Alexa and Pandora for most all of my music listening these days.  Yes, I play music a lot, it soothes my soul.  I guess there is a CD player in my car, I truly have no idea.  I've had my vehicle 3 years and have never even noticed.  I have Sirrus radio and that's what plays in my car.

3. The HP lands on US tax day this year. Or what used to be tax day before everything including filing your taxes was cancelled, delayed, postponed or extended. FYI- filing your taxes has not been cancelled, only delayed for a bit.

Besides staying away from anyone and everyone, what have you found taxing lately?
Oh, my goodness, cooking and thinking of something to cook.  I can promise you that I cannot remember the last time that I have cooked this much.  No joke!  Hubby and I eat out a WHOLE lot and a lot of it is because its a "social happening" and we're often with friends.  Did I mention that I CANNOT wait to be able to go out to eat again.  

4. You’re without power so no oven, and you can’t open your frig or freezer in order to keep what’s in there from spoiling. And you don’t have access to take out. What will you make us for dinner?
Well, you can take your choice, crunchy peanut butter on crackers or vanilla wafers.  And, there's always canned chicken in our pantry too, and pork and beans.  

5.  I’ve seen this exercise going around Facebook and thought it would be a good one to include in the HP...what are five things everybody seems to love and go crazy for that you personally don’t care for?
1-nutrition drinks
2 - The Bachelor (never have seen it nor will I ever watch it)
3 - super dark hair 
4 - going barefooted
5 - international travel

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Deadly tornadoes in the South cause 'catastrophic' damage - CNN

As many of you likely know, our area was hit hard by 2 tornados on Sunday early afternoon.  One area hit is about 13 miles from us and we know several families that received so much damage and will be recovering for months to come.  The other area was the area around the Monroe airport and included the airport.  I even had a couple of bloggers email me later to see if we were hit as they knew it was near us.  As if the Covid-19 wasn't enough to deal with, many now have the effects of a tornado to deal with.  And, it was a very different Easter.  What strange times we are living in and I'm more than ready for it to end.

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